Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Who is the Ideal Student?

As exciting as the option of a local venue such as the Ohio School of Ministry is for those seeking credentials, that is really just the beginning of the benefits a training center like this can bring.  While there are three central tracks for ministers wanting to be credentialed with the Assemblies of God (certified, licensed, or ordained), additional tracks are available for anyone interested in greater Bible knowledge, those involved in children's ministry, and lay people ministering in the local church and community.

What a great tool for ministers who have been wanting to make the time to revisit Acts, Psalms, or end-time prophecies, or for church members who want to take their understanding of God's Word to a much deeper level!

Courses on Leadership Skills, Cultural Context, and Pentecostal Doctrine would be a tremendous plus for church board members, staff members, and other church leaders, regardless of their credentials.  The bi-vocational ministry candidate who currently studies for a secular degree at an Ohio college can simultaneously prepare for ministry at a reasonable pace.

Thankfully, the potential for additional benefit will involve a largely "untapped" resource of talented, gifted leaders and ministers.  These individuals span Ohio's diverse landscape, including urban, rural, ethnic, and immigrant settings, and they will find significant advantages to the network ministry school.  In addition to the low cost and close proximity, live interaction with caring instructors allows time and opportunity to ask questions and gain clear, culturally-relevant answers that make sense.

What's in a Weekend?

Students will arrive by 9:00 Saturday morning (on-site check in opens at 8:15), already having finished their individual study of the assigned textbook, including answering all the questions found on the course overview. Following the opening orientation, the first class session will begin where the instructor will conduct a review of all the questions/answers on the course overview. After a noon lunch, and brief study time, the course test will be administered. Following the exam, the second class session will take place until 4:00 when students return home.

A passing grade of 70% or higher is achieved by combining scores from three key areas: 40% is based on the graded course overview, another 40% from the exam score, and the remaining 20% comes from class attendance.

Other weekend features include great conversation, spontaneous prayer/study sessions, and the launching and continuation of quality ministry friendships.

What about Bible College?

For decades, Ohio has been a leading contributor to the makeup of student bodies at endorsed Assemblies of God schools around the country (www.colleges.ag.org).  Year after year, Evangel University, Southeastern University, Valley Forge, and others report that Ohio ranks among the top districts for sending students their way.  Praise God, and may the support from Ohio only grow stronger!  A ministry degree from an AG college or university is the finest quality education our ministers can find.  This training route receives Ohio's highest recommendation. 

In addition, Global University/Berean offers outstanding Bible and ministry correspondence study materials.  In fact, more AG ministers have been educated through Berean than any other college or institution.  The New Berean series (www.globaluniversity.edu) features a complete rewrite of all the credentials courses and, simply put, the materials are top-shelf.  Any student, minister, or church member would be served well by adding these resources to his/her library. 
Several Ohio churches have strong Master's Commission programs for the initial training of young ministers.  Other churches are already approved as a Berean study center, offering weekly instruction of the credentials courses.  In short, there are many streams for individuals to get their feet wet in the arena of ministry education.  The network ministry school is another stream. 

So, just imagine the partnership opportunities the Ohio School of Ministry can initiate:

After several months of instruction, sharing, and prayer at OSOM, a student receives confirmation that full-time ministry and full-time Bible college training are included in God's plans for his life.

The February dates for OSOM work just fine, but there is a problem for a student with March.  Without missing a beat, the student is introduced to the Berean correspondence system and remains on course to complete her credentialing level that year. 

The Ohio School of Ministry is not a replacement for any of these existing streams.  It is, however, a vibrant stream, another route for entry to ministry and resourcing church health!

What about Credentialing?

Each of the three credentials levels with the Assemblies of God comes with its own list of required educational courses.  OSOM offers training for all ages and callings in these courses.  It is important to note that completion of OSOM courses does not equal credentialing.  That is a separate process with its own set of forms, exams, and interviews.

Twice a year (March & September), an informative, free, and required "New Credentials Orientation" is held for individuals interested in first-time Assemblies of God credentials, or for those who were previously credentialed in another district and wish to upgrade in Ohio to the next level. 

To reserve your spot at the next orientation
, please contact Samantha Bobb at sbobb@ohioministry.net.


What Is the Schedule of Classes? 
Click Here

How Do I Register For Classes?

Online - Register Here

What about Housing for the Weekend?

The following hotels have blocks and/or special rates for Friday night:

Four Points by Sheraton-formerly Wingate Inn (614.844.5888)

Located next door to the Network Resource Center. The block rate is $79.00 per night (+ tax). When you call, ask for the block for the Ohio Ministry Network.  The cut off date for the block rate is 21 days prior to each OSOM.

For further information visit: Four Points Info

Fairfield Inn & Suites (614.568.0770)

Located behind the Network Resource Center. There is no formal block, but just ask for the Ohio Ministry Network rate, which is $95.00 per night (+ tax) for a Standard Double Queen room and $99.00 per night (+ tax) for a King room. The Fairfield does have free hot continental breakfast.

For further information visit: Fairfield Inn Info 

Note: If you would like the Network Resource Center to share your name and contact information with other OSOM students of the same gender for splitting hotel room expenses, please send an email message to: osom@ohioministry.net.


More Questions??


Contact us at osom@ohioministry.net.